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After using the online SS calculator, I put the results in ESP. We changed from my spouse taking SS at 66 and me taking at 70 to both taking at 70 with my wife taking spousal at 67. We plan to retire in 2015 and I am 7 years older than my wife.

In the Monte Carlo reports, the portfolios are described in terms of returns and beta. The label is portfolio 1, portfolio 2, etc. Since the user can edit those labels, why not replace "portfolio 1" with whatever the user renamed it as?

Tags: format

Dan, if you enter a search term and find a message, the link for registered users to create a new question allows you to create a new one. If you enter a search term and get nothing, the link is gone. You have to back out to get to where you can add a new question.

Tags: annuity, load

Can someone elaborate on how the load on annuities works within the program? I don't and won't have any annuities as investments. I'm using it only as a tool to model smooth withdrawals before SS benefits kick in.

Please extend the ability to set the child-adult equivalency factor past age 19. They might not be "kids" when they're 20, but they might still be dependent, at least partially. Not being able to adjust their relative cost as it changes limits accuracy.

Tags: asset

It's a pain, but I created a custom asset by replicating the XML format for one of the DFA funds. That way it's available to all profiles without having to add it multiple times. That also prevents data entry errors.

Tags: rss

Is there any chance of enabling an RSS feed for posts like we had on the old forum?

Thank you,

John

In the Special > Special Expenditures & Special Receipts tabs I've Cleared the Grid. So no values are displayed.

Tags: Website

The New/Unread filter option is overlaid by another filter option text when displaying the page in Chrome (don't know if it's happening in other browsers).

1. On the Assets & Saving > Current Saving tab, in the Net contribtuions to saving field do I enter a negative number if I'm withdrawing funds for living expenses or leave it at 0?

Tags: Website

Just thought you should know; you probably want to fix this.

Tags: format, forum, help

It seems like the web site changed? What happened to the forum format? It's hard to browse topics and just learn by reading now.

I have children who will be entering graduate/professional school and for whom we may need to cover tuition, room, and board, depending on the level of assistance provided by the schools.

Tags: Website

In the new web site I can't find where I can look at the most recent forum comments. I really liked that on the old web site. I would look at it every day to keep up on what people are asking and learn from it. Please tell me how to access it or if it is unavailable, please put it back.

Tags: gender, marriage

I just downloaded and installed the update 2.28.0 and was disappointed to see that I still can't seem to change the gender and marriage status on my profile. When I originally set up the profile I selected 2 males and then couldn't select married.

I'm new to the program, and I'm trying to understand how the Regular Asset Income column is calculated in the Total Income Report.

Are Taxes in addition to "Total Spending" or are Taxes part of "Discretionary Spending", which does not seem reasonable? To me Total Spending should include Taxes.

Tags: Roth

I recently bought ESPlanner & it seems like a very powerful tool. There are a few areas I'd like to optimize, but I'm not sure if ESPlanner provides that capability.

Hello,

I just noticed my birth date is wrong on the "Family Information" screen, and I'm unable to correct it. How can I fix that?

Tags: monte carlo

Can someone refer me to an instructional guide as to how to use and read Monte Carlo data, particularly in ESP? I understand the concept. I'm just not certain how to prepare the data and interpret the results.

I'm 58 and plan to retire at age 62. Whenever I set age in ESPlanner for collecting Social security to 62, then resulting report shows a smooth discretionary spending amount for the rest of my lifespan .

How can I adjust the household life insurance premiums so that they are accurate? The actual premiums paid are ~$9,000 annually, but the program has calculated the current amount of annual premums to be $36,442.

I am retired at age 62. I want to plan for level consumption. Since I am planning to defer social security until 70, I expect to draw more heavily on my retirement accounts until social security kicks in. In ESPlanner, the draw is the same each year.

Two years ago, on my 66th birthday, I filed for social security benefits and immediately suspended payments until I reach 70. On the same day my wife, who is two years older, filed to receive spousal benefits.

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